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In 2032 an Earth that knows only peace is forced to relearn the art of war. Twenty years have passed since the population of Earth did a fine job of destroying nearly everything in one final struggle for power by the politicians and military leaders.
Release Date: Jun 14, 2001
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About the Game

In 2032 an Earth that knows only peace is forced to relearn the art of war.

Twenty years have passed since the population of Earth did a fine job of destroying nearly everything in one final struggle for power by the politicians and military leaders. Twenty years have been spent building a near Utopia, a society where currency and finance are irrelevant, a planet without hunger or poverty. All weapons have been destroyed to ensure peace. But hidden away in an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, a cabal of old-world magnates: ex-leaders, financiers, politicians, and despots, are planning a return to the greed fueled, hate filled past. And there in no way to fight them. Except this one last remaining Adaptive Cruiser – The Antaeus.

Antaeus Rising combines explosive action with powerful real-time strategy. Take command of powerful aircraft carrier/manufacturing platform. Create military units with your carrier using the most advanced nano-technology known by the modern world and lead an army against the forces of the Old World Cabal. Plan your assault from within your carrier and than enter your units for some third-person mayhem! The fate of world is in your hands, are you able to hold it?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 505 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 505 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
117 products in account
1 review
0.8 hrs on record
I'm not ashamed to admit that seeing this on the store page managed to raise a smile, along with more than a few happy memories of this absolute gem of a game from back in the day. Despite having this beauty on what we old timers refer to as a 'CD', (look it up kids!), I could not resist picking it up right away.

Any game that puts you in direct control of a nicely varied selection of modular vehicles then sets you free to cause mayhem and destruction throughout a well written & voiced campaign mode is worth a look. Steadily escalating your capabilities in a brilliantly paced way that ties directly into the plot throughout will make it well worth your time.

Adding to this tapestry is an ever increasing rosta of varied AI wingmen which all work under and alongside you to their own unique strengths and personalities. Making the very means of their inclusion a major plot point & using them to add some character to the overall campaign is a great touch. An early example of these would be your typical grizzled tank commander who will chew you out if given anything less than an artillery cannon to pound his enemies into dust with.

Yes, the characters are often familiar, but very cleverly done as this serves to guide you as to where they would be best suited on the battlefield. When put into their prefered roles, they truly do shine. Showing off some incredible ai for the day, they will carry out their roles with an impressive degree of independance. With their battle chatter and relevant feedback to you and each other adding yet another layer to their realism, they help make your typical mission feel extreemly vibrant and organic.

If only you could provide the player with an unbelivably intuitive command system for said wingmen, allowing you to issue on-the-fly instructions to these guys & gals.. who would then act on those orders in a contextually sensible way the likes of which are rarely seen even today. Yeah, you can do that. Want that hovertank to guard your resource collecter? 3 buttons. Transport chopper to bring your laser turret to high ground? 3 buttons. Deranged chopper pilot to provide you air support? Well you get the idea. All easilly done whilst blasting enemy factories/dodging missiles/going sightseeing.

Not a fan of sending commands whilst in the thick of it? Relax and enjoy the accessable yet thoroughly satisfying command overview screen where you can issue units waypoints, co-ordinate attacks, set up resource gathering, construction queues, and transport duties etc from the comfort of your very own holo-map thing. THEN get back into the thick of it and blow the absolute hell out of stuff whilst you watch your masterplan unfold around you.

The sheer ambition behind this game managed to light a fire under me all those years ago, a fire which has been rekindled by simply seeing it on the store front. A genuine classic which I would put up on a pedestal beside the likes of Deus Ex & would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. If for no other reason than to get a good idea of what a game created by true talent and vision can -and should- feel like.

My only gripe is the lack of options to extend the life of the campaign after that first, (awesome), playthrough. Oh, and I'd absolutly kill for a good multiplayer mode :)
Posted: February 1st, 2014
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
297 products in account
9 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
This Hostile Waters is an amazing strategy game with one of the most simplified ordering system I have ever seen with very independent units. This game is a definitely a good buy but there are some missions where you may get annoyed such as mission 14 where you have to escort units and the units sometimes get stuck on the smallest things and you could possibly be waiting for 10 minutes but that was just my experience and thats a small thing anyways with this good buy.
Posted: February 2nd, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
133 products in account
23 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
This is one of the best games of all time.

A seamless blend of tactical RTS and vehicle simulator, it pits you, a naval carrier/factory and a crew of dead soldier stored on computer chips against a mad Cabal of arms dealers and evil politicians hellbent on making war against a world that has been completely demilitarized. Your journey takes you through a chicane of 20 islands in the South Pacific as you investigate and dismantle the Cabal's operations.

The storyline, written by famous comicmaker Warren Ellis and narrated by legendary Doctor Who veteran Tom Baker, is very deep and engaging, and makes you genuinely care about both your crew and vessel, and the helpless world you are protecting. I won't give away any spoilers but suffice it to say there are far worse things hiding in those islands than 20-year-old tanks and gunships, and by the end you'll experience quite a few genuinely scary moments.

The gameplay is, as I said, quite seamless, without a single bug. Steam integration could be better however: the Overlay isn't working so you can't take screenshots and it doesn't log your game time (which is why it says up there that I've played 0 hours of it), and as of yet there is no Steam Cloud support. We can only hope. However, the root game is quite well-rounded and optimized. The AI, especially that of your uploaded soldiers, is competent without making you feel unnecessary; there's always a situation where you're better off taking the wheel yourself. Graphics-wise, quite amazingly, the game looks rather good, especially given how old it is, and it will run without a problem on any machine.

You have absolutely no reason to deny yourself this amazing game.

100/10 Recommended!
Posted: March 12th, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
516 products in account
11 reviews
33.2 hrs on record
Good Game,
it hard i long game, you need to think tactic
you need to plan your strategy, every level you gain something new,
new character or Weapon.
you can always do it fast or slow the level
Posted: April 28th, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
27 products in account
2 reviews
0.9 hrs on record
This is a very good strategy game, even if it is old and it has bad graphics :D (Y)
Posted: March 27th, 2014
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142 of 156 people (91%) found this review helpful
1,456 products in account
34 reviews
1.1 hrs on record
Hotile Water: Ataeus Rising is one of favourite older games.
From the moment i played the demo back when it was released! i was hooked unfortunetly for me at the time i had no method of obtaining it.

Basically you control a carrier ship which is 1 of two left in the Antaeue Project with the second being out of commison which has the ability to construct certain vehicles Land/air which will expand in variety as you play the game. The pilots for your vehicles are actually the soul of someone who died piloting one of the vehicles you harvest that have been recorded into a soulchip.

Construction happens because of the creation engine which is full of tiny nanites that can build things really fast due to sheer number of them however without energy you will not be able to make things.

You will need to collect energy via harvesting metallic objects that are littered throughout the levels.
To upgrade units/unlock tech you will need to fight and analyse vehicles/weapons.

From what i can tell thus far this is original untouched code that still play's well. The Resolution is still pretty low but don't let that put you off.

This is a strategy game that is in dire need for a HD remake or a sequel.

I am now a happy owner with 3 copies. 1 from amazon, 1 from gog and now thank to steam i now have it in my steam library.

So what are you waiting for Captain? Buy it and play it.
Posted: January 30th, 2014
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